Sunday, October 15, 2017

Due to the severe weather warning issued by Met Eireann for Counties including a “Red” level warning for Waterford and Wexford and an “Orange” level warning for South Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow, the HSE South East is advising that all unnecessary travel should be avoided on Monday while the storm is passing.


All acute health services will be open as normal but we are urging people not to venture out during the storm period unless absolutely necessary.


Due to the status “Red” and “Orange” weather warnings issued by Met Eireann affecting all counties of the South East,  patients and public are being advised not to travel tomorrow Monday 16th October for hospital clinic appointments or non-urgent elective/planned  procedures including day case procedures as services deemed non urgent have been  postponed.


All affected appointments will be rescheduled by the relevant hospital.  If patients are unclear about whether to travel for their appointment, they should contact their hospital using the phone number on their appointment letter. The affected hospitals are St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, University Hospital Waterford, Wexford General Hopsital, and South Tipperary General Hospital.


HSE community services: mental health day centres, day hospitals will be closed and outpatient clinics will be postponed; day services for older person and people with disabilities will be closed on Monday 16th.


For all other non HSE day and community care services, please contact the provider of those services directly.


The National Ambulance Service will as always prioritize emergency calls during this weather event but we would urge the general public to think carefully before calling us. It must be understood that our response to emergency calls may be hindered by road conditions and the number of emergency calls at any particular time. We will do our utmost to reach those in greatest need of our emergency services.


There is a risk of severe wind gusts  with the high possibility of fallen trees on the roads and possibly flooding therefore only essential travel is indicated


It is envisaged that there will be significant damage caused by winds, especially in the nature of fallen trees, with the additional issues surrounding loss of electricity to a substantial number of homes and businesses.  The power outages could last in some areas for a period of up to three days.  In the event of fallen electricity wires, please assume that these wires are live and do not approach or touch the wires.  Please report any fallen wires to the emergency services 1850 372 999


General advice:

  • People are advised not to travel on pedal cycles and motor cycles, as these types of vehicles are not suitable for use in the storm force winds expected.


  • We also advise that high sided vehicles are not to travel on roads in the areas of the STATUS RED warning as these vehicle are prone to being turned over in the storm force winds predicted.


  • People are advised and encouraged to check their own property today, Sunday 15th October 2017, and ensure that steps are taken to secure any loose objects on their property, for example, garden furniture, wheelie bins, etc., that could be damaged, or if blown, could cause significant damage, during the storm.


  • We also ask that you look in on your elderly and vulnerable relatives/neighbour who may not be in a position to secure their property.


  • Please listen to local media/social media for updates on the progress of the storm and associated warnings and/or advice issued by the emergency services.  Please heed this advice.


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